London’s South Bank is a hub of cultural activity. A two-mile procession of diverting, largely state-funded arts and entertainment venues and events, it’s popular with Londoners as well as the millions of travellers who visit every year.
The area’s modern-day life began in 1951 with the Festival of Britain, which was staged to boost morale in the wake of WWII. Standing testament to the project is The Royal Festival Hall, which has now expanded into the Southbank Centre and sits alongside BFI Southbank, the concrete ziggurat of the National Theatre, the London Eye, the Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge and more.
As well as being a great place to soak up some London culture, the South Bank is the perfect spot for a wander along the Thames or a drink with a view of the city skyline.
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Town House At The Kensington
Located within a boutique townhouse, Kensington Hotel’s aptly named Town House restaurant is a casual affair, albeit one with a strong focus on quality food. The period rooms, wood panelling, parquet flooring and bay windows create an air of sophistication, without the pomp. The food menu has been put together by executive head chef, Steve Gibbs. Dishes range from caesar salad, grilled asparagus with fresh crab and cress, and smoked salmon served with Guinness brown bread to poshed-up fish and chips, seared sirloin steak with watercress and horseradish, and whole sea bass with lemon and herbs, cooked on the grill. Desserts include gypsy pie, warm chocolate fondant and baked pineapple served with coconut sorbet. Steak sandwiches and croque-monsieurs feature too, should diners want something a little lighter.
Venue says: “Introducing our new spring menu with delightful twists on old favourites, as well as our afternoon tea.”